RealClearEd Today: DeVos Promises the “Most Ambitious Expansion" of School Choice Ever But With No Details; Trump Budget Seeks to End Subsidized Loans

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Good morning, it’s May 23, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.

Well, Secretary DeVos left us hanging last night. In her highly-anticipated speech before the American Federation for Children, DeVos promised that the Trump administration would soon unveil “the most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation’s history." However, there were no policy details or specifics to accompany the announcement. The only hint DeVos gave is that she emphasized that it would be up to the states, not Washington, D.C., to expand school choice. And she also fired a warning shot saying that it would be a “terrible mistake" for states not to expand choice. But all in all, we learned nothing new about the specific mechanics of the administration’s school choice plans.

According to the Associated Press, the Trump budget will seek to save $1 billion by getting rid of the subsidized student loan program. Under the current program, for qualifying students, the government picks up the tab for the interest on their loans (up to a certain amount) while they’re still in college. In addition, the budget would ax the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that provides student loan debt forgiveness for those who enter public service. 

Texas is on the verge of passing a “bathroom law" similar to North Carolina’s controversial legislation. The Washington Post reports, “The Texas House of Representatives approved legislation Monday that would require transgender schoolchildren to use bathrooms that correspond to their ‘biological sex.'" The bill heads to the Texas Senate where it is expected to pass and then to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott who has expressed support for the legislation. 

Below are more highlights of the content already on our site this morning. To see everything we have, visit

NEWSMAKERS: How do we close the “excellence gap" in American education?  
IN THE STATES: Educational choice (also called course choice) could be turning into a movement around the country. 
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